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 7 years ago '08        #21
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 sunn4511 said:
its an excuse because people are questioning their competitive nature in los angeles. i didnt hear soem of these excuses at the begining of the season when they were on their streak.kobe is a great basketballer but most of the time he is also an attention wh0ore just like every other superstars but also a snitch.
lol I can't really argue with your opinion man but if the basketball world is aware of his decline I'm sure a select few we're waiting for news like this to surface to explain his recent struggles. Although, I do have to say his offensive woes have everything to do with bad decision making/shot selection rather than his decline in athleticism.
 7 years ago '04        #22
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Here's the original article in it's full form..

Kobe Bryant “does phone interviews about as often as Osama Bin Laden strolls through Central Park,” John Black, Lakers vice president of public relations, responded via e-mail to my request for an interview. “But I will ask him if he wants to call you.”

Black asked what the interview would be about, and I told “the state of the Lakers. I know what I read ... I want to ask questions no one seems to be addressing.

“I would just like to get to the bottom of some things I’m hearing, reading and seeing . . . and would like to throw them by Kobe rather than write them without confirmation.”

Kobe jumped all over the challenge. He called the next afternoon.

The Lakers have beaten the Pistons and Suns since our conversation but had just absorbed a 19-point home humiliation by the Grizzlies. That was L.A.’s third uninspired effort (undermanned Milwaukee and Miami on Christmas Day) in just shy of a fortnight, prompting interplanetary conjecture about what was wrong.

Kobe appeared to know exactly what was ailing his two-time defending team. Minutes after being manhandled by the Heat, he pronounced he was going to “kick [butt] at practice . . . and beat it into their heads. It was time to get the team focused.”

Which brings us to the crux of my inquiry. How did Kobe propose to pull that off, a Lakers’ legionnaire wondered, “when he hasn’t practiced the whole season (something no member of LA’s press has called him out on)?”

Is that true, I asked Kobe?

“Yeah.”

Why?

“Because I have very little cartilage under my right knee cap, it’s almost bone on bone.”

Bryant has undergone three operations on that same knee, one this past offseason, after having it drained several times during last year’s playoffs.

“Until I got it drained the first time during the opening round against the Thunder I could not bend that knee at all,” he revealed. “It was swollen as hell and it hurt like hell. Luckily things got a lot better once I had the procedure.”

Kobe is 32. This is his 15th season. Including the regular season, the after-party and All-Star Games, he has played a total of 46,660 minutes.

“I have four seasons left on my contract,” said Bryant, the league’s highest paid entertainer at $24,806,250. Averaging 25.1 points this year (No. 4, overall), he became No. 12 (26,695) in scoring all-time (combined NBA-ABA) by passing Dominique Wilkins. Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Dan Issel are well within this season’s sights.

“You know how competitive and combative I am on the court,” he said. “There’s nothing I like better than to practice. In fact, I like practice more than the games, because I get to go at my teammates hard. That’s when you find out what they’re made of, how much you can push some to get the most out of ’em, and how you have to back off others so you don’t lose ’em.

“So, in order to protect my knee and avoid a situation like last year, we decided before the season to sacrifice the team’s intensity by minimizing wear and tear as much as possible.”

Bryant said Phil Jackson was on board with no practice, though the Zen Hen supposedly would have preferred not to have him sit on the sidelines as much as he did — no scrimmaging or performing team drills. Instead, Kobe would shoot around or lift weights.

At the same time, Kobe’s playing time got cut (presumably by Jackson) six minutes (32.9) from the previous two seasons of 39 or so. His career average is 36.5.

The Christmas Day indignity countermanded the above strategy. The Lakers’ mental and physical lethargy convinced Kobe the team craved his practice presence if it was to regain its passion in time for the playoff pit. In his opinion, some teammates had gotten far too comfortable, and it had trickled down as a group that was dangerously looking ahead to June.

Pau Gasol and others need him, he submitted, in their face, chest and game the same way Scottie Pippen and other Bulls needed Michael Jordan in theirs.

Kobe hasn’t missed a practice since, and has a puffy right knee to show for it.

“What can I do that I’m not already doing?” he said. “I’ve increased treatment before and after I play, but there’s no way of knowing what’s going on under there unless I take an MRI once month.

“I feel it’s up to me to take the team to where we want to go and still believe we will go. No question about that! I’m not about to make claims I’ll have to back off on later on. I’m a clear thinker. I truly believe we have the pieces and personalities to three-peat.

“When do I push them? When do I pat them on the back? Every individual is different. Some players you finesse. Some you contest. It’s a constant dance. It’s a constant search of the perfect rhythm.”

A team player, Bryant provided me with a perfect segue for my second question. I’d heard he berated Gasol twice for being too easy on Andrew Bynum.

The first time it happened, according to someone in the gym, Gasol, who matched up against Bynum in scrimmages, alerted Andrew there were three seconds left on the shot clock and then let him drive in and lay it up.

At a subsequent practice, Bynum finished a difficult move with positive results and Gasol patted him on the butt and told him, “Great shot.”

Kobe went off on Gasol, I’m told. “[Bleep] you! That’s how you act when someone scores on you! ‘[Bleep] you!’ ”

“What happens in our practice, stays in our practice,” Kobe underlined, refusing to confirm or deny.

Fair enough. He gave me more than enough as it was, and I was already halfway out the door

. . . en route to Central Park to find Osama Bin Laden.
 7 years ago '07        #23
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Excuses... already???

That's not a GOAT move.

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 01-07-2011, 02:09 PM         #24
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heat got in that a.ss injured or not

wade stays hurt

so
 7 years ago '09        #25
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dam were those comments true @ Pau???

Kobe needs to stop acting like a d!ckhead man seriusly
 7 years ago '04        #26
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If he can't deal with a little knee injury without making excuses, how would he ever deal with having a bad case of diarrhea like the GOAT had?


 Spiffy said:
dam were those comments true @ Pau???

Kobe needs to stop acting like a d!ckhead man seriusly
f**k that, Pau's defense sucks a.ss. He's a matador. Who the f**k has that mentality?


 JNyiri77 said:
heat got in that a.ss injured or not

wade stays hurt

so
didn't he miss the entire preseason with a hamstring injury? Then a bunch of games in November for a sore wrist? GTFOH.


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 7 years ago '05        #27
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 akademiks said:
If he can't deal with a little knee injury without making excuses, how would he ever deal with having a bad case of diarrhea like the GOAT had?


Kobe's body is break down at an alarming rate, like all the other H.S phenoms who were drafted in the 90's.. Makes you wonder where will Lebron be when he's 30-32, and maybe thats why the n*gga was so focused on winning so quickly at the age of 26..


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 7 years ago '07        #28
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I’d heard he berated Gasol twice for being too easy on Andrew Bynum.

The first time it happened, according to someone in the gym, Gasol, who matched up against Bynum in scrimmages, alerted Andrew there were three seconds left on the shot clock and then let him drive in and lay it up.

At a subsequent practice, Bynum finished a difficult move with positive results and Gasol patted him on the butt and told him, “Great shot.”

Kobe went off on Gasol, I’m told. “[Bleep] you! That’s how you act when someone scores on you! ‘[Bleep] you!’ ”
 01-07-2011, 02:16 PM         #29
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 akademiks said:
Here's the original article in it's full form..


Will be a sad, sad day in basketball when Kobe makes his eventual exit.
 7 years ago '05        #30
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how is he making excuses wtf are u n*ggas talking about dude went od in the playoff last year hurt all dude does is play hurt u got King LBJ getting torched cause of a bum elbow kobe knee is bone to bone and he still avg 25 points

man u haters really gonna miss him when he's gone he is true old school player i really dont see how from a basketball point how u could hate him u be lucky if your son had 1 percent of kobe in em u guys are f**king sad
 7 years ago '06        #31
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KOBE IS A BEAST, 3 Finals appearances, 2 rings, all while playing with a broken finger on HIS SHOOTING HAND!
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 GUNIT-FINEST said:
how is he making excuses wtf are u n*ggas talking about dude went od in the playoff last year hurt all dude does is play hurt u got King LBJ getting torched cause of a bum elbow kobe knee is bone to bone and he still avg 25 points

man u haters really gonna miss him when he's gone he is true old school player i really dont see how from a basketball point how u could hate him u be lucky if your son had 1 percent of kobe in em u guys are f**king sad
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 7 years ago '10        #33
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 Gattsau said:
The excuses begin.
exactly. and the lakers stans are gettin salty that everybody else can see thru the bulls**t

 JNyiri77 said:
heat got in that a.ss injured or not

wade stays hurt

so
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 7 years ago '05        #34
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i would love to see any of u play pro ball healthy let alone with a bum knee

gtfoh how is he making excuses like Really is your hate for that man that bad?? that u can tell yourself this is an excuses been to the finals 3 years in a row won back to back how da f**k is he making excuses this is the same guy who played with a bum finger for like whole season.

most of us couldnt even function with a f**k up finger let alone play NBA basketball u fools need to stop it like really an excuses lol this is why most of u are wrong 99 percent of the time u tell yourself crap like this
 01-07-2011, 02:26 PM         #35
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 akademiks said:
didn't he miss the entire preseason with a hamstring injury? Then a bunch of games in November for a sore wrist? GTFOH.


you just made my point for me

 7 years ago '10        #36
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It is what it is. Kobe's been performing at a high level for nearly two decades. All good things must come to an end eventually. This should be a nice swan song if Kobe gets to the Finals again, given that his health declines.
 7 years ago '09        #37
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 Perfectibilist said:
Soooo....winning 6 rings is all it takes to be the greatest ever?
Bill Russell > Robert Horry > MJ and Kobe
I dont kno why people keep mentioning russels name

Dude was 7 foot playing vs 5 ft white boys in a 8 team league. That s**t

MJ played vs countless hall of famers

My balls > Russells competition
 7 years ago '06        #38
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 Hurricane24 said:
damn the mamba really wants to be great, you'll have to amputate his leg to stop him, if he gets number 6 this year then it'll be official, kobe 1a and jordan 1b, haters get mad
lmao.... shut the hell up

kobe ain't never gonna surpass mike, f**k is wrong with you :slap:
 7 years ago '09        #39
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^Its ironic you saying that with Lebron on ur avy
 7 years ago '05        #40
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did I just see Robert Horry > Jordan?

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